In 2018, Devin Nunes Asked Russian Bots To Help Discredit The Mueller Probe
In February 2018, when former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation was in full swing, then-chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes asked Russian Twitter bots to help him amplify a right-wing news article about the probe.
The tone of Nunes’ tweet was sarcastic, but it illustrates the lengths to which Republicans went in their cynical manipulation of public opinion on the issue.
Business Insider noted at the time that Russian bots were linked by U.S. intelligence agencies to the Internet Research Agency — the “Russian organization that stood at the center of the multifaceted effort by groups close to the Russian state and President Vladimir Putin to interfere in the 2016 US election.”
The IRA was among 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities that were indicted by Mueller in the course of his investigation for "violating US criminal laws in order to interfere with US elections and political processes."
Nunes called upon that same entity to help spread an article from the Federalist promoting conspiracy theories about the Russia investigation.